Published June 9, 2010 by Molly
The world is Joshua Petherick’s oyster. The world is also Joshua Petherick’s range of working materials. The Melbourne-based artist incorporates everything from pine shelving systems to cork rolls to squashed coins to polypropylene hessian (what is that?) to marble to bubble wrap into his unclassifiable pieces.
Needless to say, the results fascinate us. So do the titles. Petherick has a gift for language, giving his works the most enigmatic/appealing monikers imaginably. A few examples: BOOTLEG AT THE MANOR, JOINT HASSLES, WISH YOU WERE HERE (SLOWLY) and MUNDUS VULT DECIPI, ERGO DECIPIATUR (That’s Latin for, “The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived.”)
Published May 13, 2010 by Molly
Bindi Booth’s illustrations, prints, posters and textile designs have a palette of cherry-blossom pink, egg-cream white and French vanilla-yellow. They’re good enough to eat, in other words (though probably non-edible) and maintain a lusciously soft mood while still packing a punch on the printed page.
Booth also produces lovely hand-made and limited-edition folio books, which might be our new favorite collectibles. Check out the whole roster of projects here, and keep your eyes peeled for illustrations in places like Bust magazine.
Published May 6, 2010 by Molly
Lucy Joy is an illustrator whose curlicued images of people and landscapes we can’t get enough of. Joy also lends her talents to greeting cards, hand-lettered pieces and textiles (ooh!), all of which make equally appropriate vehicles for her distinctive style.
“My work is largely driven by my love of eye catching objects and surface decoration,” she writes. “I tend to enjoy myself most when working in fine detail and try to approach drawing with an uninhibited and non mechanical technique. I like wobbly lines.”
Well, we like Lucy!
Published April 30, 2010 by Molly
Dang, would you look at that pattern? It’s hard to define the beauty of those checks: they’re part video-game, part pastoral, part traditional. You’d never guess that the fabric for this shirt was sourced from the 1980s archives of a Portuguese textile mill and then re-colored to form an “archive check” pattern in loose, unbrushed cotton flannel. Also rad? This shirt would look equally swell on a lady or a dude, and we always dig the unisex vibe.
Published March 24, 2010 by Molly
Karen Barbé is a textile designer from Santiago, Chile, and her work is heartbreakingly beautiful. Moreover, she keeps a rigorously-updated blog documenting her work and her aesthetic fixations, and the blog is a work of art in itself. Not only is the author unstoppably creative, but she seems to have the Midas touch: in Barbé’s hands old cross-stitch patterns become gorgeous cut-outs and empty plastic bottles turn into adorable pins.
Inspirations include traditional Chilean pottery, books of vintage patterns, Macedonian aprons, Lanigrafía (”the art of depicting landscapes or objects using different embroidery stitches and colors”), thrift stores, quilting, vintage fashion sketches and so much more.